Communities Invested in Healthy Life Trajectories of African American Boys is a project funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Our St. Paul site is following the Communities that Care (CTC) model to promote the well-being and future success of African American boys and other youth in the Hazel Park community. University of Minnesota academic partners are evaluating how well prevention programming works for African American boys and caregivers who are willing to participate in pilot research.

The Communities Invested project is based on formative research conducted by Dr. Sonya Brady and Dr. Willie Winston III, Past President  of the Minnesota Association of Black Psychologists and a current member of the Hazel Park Community Coalition. Dr. Winston, other members of the Minnesota Association of Black Psychologists, and Dr. Brady conducted focus groups and one-on-one interviews of African American children and caregivers. The Communities Invested project is a response to caregivers’ call to action. Caregivers told us that parents, teachers, and other community members need to work together to positively impact youth. “You know what I think we have to do as parents… taking our children, taking our community back and just having positive leaders… We have to do this when they are young.”

Communities that Care (CTC) is a step-by-step guide to building community coalitions and promoting positive outcomes among youth, such as family, school, and community connectedness; academic investment; and social and emotional well-being. CTC also focuses on preventing behaviors such as violence involvement, substance use, and school disengagement. CTC has five phases.

  1. Getting Started
  2. Organize, Introduce, and Involve
  3. Develop a Community Profile
  4. Create a Community Action Plan
  5. Implement and Evaluate the Community Action Plan

For more information on CTC, see:

We aim to build on existing strengths within the community. To learn how you can impact the work of the coalition, please see How to Get Involved.